DAILY GRINDER: All’s Quiet at Dilworth Plaza
Good morning PhillyNow readers — I hope you had a tolerable-to-great short Thanksgiving “vacation.” In case you missed it, we were back in full swing yesterday as the Occupy protests hit their 5 p.m. deadline and then, all the sudden…not much happened. At least not immediately. Earlier, around 1 p.m., a press conference was held regarding the eviction in the midst of a police officer allegedly taunting the Occupy Philly Facebook page. At 5 p.m., about a thousand or more protesters and others gathered at Dilworth Plaza with locked arms, and Occupy Wall Street protesters began heading down the Jersey Turnpike to join in solidarity with their Philly brethren. Supporters hand-delivered pizzas and bottled water, which the protesters seemed pretty happy about (and why wouldn’t they be?). The Occupy Philly Livestream stayed on late with some interesting and some really, really boring stuff, with thousands in the “chat” area, seemingly waiting to watch the Occupiers get raided by the police after one-too-many mic checks. The rest of the night was full with drum circles and dancing. No arrests, no sweep through, yet, despite the deadline coming and going.
Black Friday was a true success the country over. The country saw record profits in spite of Occupiers spitting on George Washington’s grave, and a bunch of people died for their country, while shopping.
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Gov. Tom Corbett signed the death warrant of Ralph Birdsong, of Philadelphia, who was convicted of two counts of murder and sentenced to death in 1989.
Gregory Porter, the 19-year-old Drexel student and Glenside resident who was captured in Egypt, returned home Saturday afternoon.
Here’s a win for Pennsylvania (literal) solidarity: State Sen. Dominic Pileggi wrote a Facebook post the other day saying he “does not believe there will be sufficient time to advance [his electoral college plan] this year.” That’s good for us in the Southeastern part of the state, especially. But it doesn’t mean the plan is dead. Pileggi said he wants to focus on education, Marcellus Shale and transportation funding legislation first, then he’ll get to the messed up stuff. Tom Corbett apparently still supports the plan, calling it a “fair representation to the people of Pennsylvania.”
Oh, and Southeastern Pennsylvania politicians are beginning to officially declare their concerns with Pennsylvania redistricting, which is set to really corrupt the state, as it usually does. In addition to Philly and MontCo politicians’ complaints, West Chester Mayor Carolyn Comitta is pissed her city might be separated into two different districts.
Also in Harrisburg, the land of opportunity, an Occupy protester was allegedly arrested for dressing up as a zombie in the Capital City Mall. Which seems about right.
Philadelphia Sheriff-Elect Jewel Williams is doing what he can to get his 23-year-old daughter, Jewel, elected to his soon-to-be-Philadelphia House seat. She currently works for the Philadelphia Parking Authority and is a student at Community College of Philadelphia. Councilman Curtis Jones’ Chief of Staff, Al Spivey, had allegedly been interested in the seat, though lives outside the new boundaries proposed for the district.